Heritage trail presented

Discover the appeal of exploring restored scenic heritage trails in a presentation by historic trails specialist Kelley Cook.

Discover the appeal of exploring restored scenic heritage trails in a presentation by historic trails specialist Kelley Cook on Friday, April 4, in Summerland.

Heritage Trails of the Northern Cascades: History Through the Soles of Your Feet is sponsored by the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society and follows the society’s 49th annual general meeting at 7 p.m.

Cook, a recreation consultant and Princeton resident, is largely responsible for co-ordinating resources to restore 43 kilometres between Manning Park and Princeton along the famous Dewdney Trail constructed across B.C. in 1861, and the 53-kilometre section of the 1849 Hudson’s Bay Brigade Trail between Hope and Tulameen.

Thanks to Cook’s accomplishments and collaboration with groups such as the Hope Mountain Centre, today’s walkers and hikers can step back in time along historic routes to enjoy new and upgraded campsites, improved trails and informative signs by mountains, meadows and lakes.

In 2013 she received the Queen’s Jubilee award for National Trails Coalition work.

The Parks Society has supported the protection and restoration of these trails since the 1970s.

The meeting and presentation will be held in the Centre Stage Theatre. Admission is free; donations are welcome.

For more information call 250-494-8343 or visit okanagansimilkameenparkssociety.ca.